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Topic: Newbie needle question: bamboo or aluminium?  (Read 1511 times)
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2010 07:44:43 AM »

I personally prefer aluminum needles.  They just glid better in my hands than my bamboo needles, but that might just be the way I knit.  I've never had the finish chip or scratch off on my, though they have loss some colour at the tips from wear.  My favourite are a pair my grandmother had for as long as I can remember, which she brought with her when she came over from the UK once up one a time.

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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2012 07:38:00 AM »

I prefer bamboo. for years I tried using alluminium needles and kept having to put stuff away as it hurt my hands too much, then when I had CTS surgery last year, one of the nurses recommended bamboo needles not only because knitting is excellent physio for post CTS, but also cos they don't hurt as much.
I can now knit for ages. and I agree about the grabbiness of some yarns, if I'm finding a yarn to be grabby I wax my needles using solid beeswax and scrap denim. works a treat.
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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2012 10:29:53 AM »

I had been wanting to try bamboo needles for awhile, but they are so expensive.  Well, I seen some on ebay this summer for so cheap.  So, I bought them.  I will say that I like bamboo better then the metal needles.  They are quieter, warmer on my hands sicne my hands are always cold, and my knitting is less likely to slid off my needles because the bamboo isnt as slippery as metal hooks.  But, with that being said I would not reccomend bamboo needles in the smaller sizes as they dont seem very strong at all.  I broke one needle already in a small size.  So, if your knitting with the smaller needles I would definantnly stick with metal needles.

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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2012 01:03:26 AM »

I use laminated birch (knitpicks harmony) or nickel plated needles. I find the birch is smooth and has a bit of friction while the nickel is smooth and quicker to knit with. I can't stand bamboo because it has too much catch so I knit really slow with it, and aluminum scratches together and the coating comes off, where as the nickel, I find, it doesn't.

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